Sunday, April 24, 2011

Love is All You Need...

This weekend we made a quick trip to Raleigh, NC to attend the wedding of our friends Deidre and Carter. I wouldn't have missed this for the world—I've known Deidre for 10 years now, and we've been through a lot together, both good and bad, so to share in this milestone in her life meant so much.

I worked with Deidre at one of my previous companies, and we got along very well right from the start. Of course, it didn't hurt that I volunteered to help her move into her new apartment just after meeting her. I'll never forget asking her how many stairs there were from the ground floor to her apartment, and she said "just one," but of course she meant one flight of stairs. I'm not sure if I've recovered yet from hauling her gigantic television up the stairs!

It was Deidre who convinced me after a bad breakup to try, which is where I met W. Deidre was there in Vermont when we had our civil union ceremony. We've been each other's sounding board, cheering section, even each other's reference. And when bad things have happened—and sadly, they have—we've been able to help pick each other up.

Deidre is one of those people who always takes care of others, so with Carter, it is so wonderful that she finally has found someone to take care of her. When we met him about 18 months ago, I could tell how happy Deidre was, because all of the stress that I used to notice in her had all melted away.

Their wedding ceremony was in a beautiful chapel in Raleigh, and they were surrounded by family and friends. I started tearing up before the ceremony really got going, so I give everyone else a lot of credit for holding it together.

Deidre and Carter, I wish you a lifetime of happiness, health, joy and laughter. As the song you walked up the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife goes, "All you need is love."

Yes, love is all you need.

1 comment:

  1. Deidre PettiboneMay 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    So Carter informed me on our drive up to DC today (to visit friends and catch a ball game wih you and Wayne) that you had written this beautiful post about our wedding (two years ago) ...yes, he informs me of my friends' birthdays after he has posted wishes to them on Facebook.

    You are like a brother, best friend, to me since the first time we met at my interview. We bonded over music, movies and lengthy conversations about the entitled, narcissistic and crazy people we have run into in our lives.

    I have fond memories of "the one flight of stairs," morning check-ins over peanut M&Ms, Tuesday runs to Best Buy for new releases, and you ordering for me at the scary Subway. The laughing, the crying and the hoping and dreaming together. I am truly blessed to have you in my life.

    Much love,